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  • Marie-Christophe De Menil, who in 1976 founded what was to become the five-day, A-rated Hampton Classic Horse Show, presented in the Grand Prix ring last Thursday the Firefly Challenge trophy to Christina Firestone, the Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.30-meter division’s champion.

    Philip Richter, who won this championship at the Classic in 2011, ’12, and ‘’13, named the new trophy in De Menil’s honor, and asked that De Menil, whose daughter, Taya, had been trained in the 1970s by his mother, Judy Richter of Bedford, N.Y., present it.

  • Mike Bahel’s Pump ’n’ Run contest, held at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett last Thursday, was won by Neil Falkenhan, who chest-pressed 115 pounds (60 percent of his body weight) 55 times before running on the sand to Indian Wells Beach and back — a distance of 1.7 miles — in 10 minutes and 59 seconds, faster than anyone else.

    Thus Falkenhan’s net time for the event, once his 10:59 run was reduced by 2 minutes and 45 seconds (each rep being worth three seconds of subtracted run time to the competitors), was 8:14.

  • The Bridgehampton School Board was expected this week to formally appoint Eric Bramoff, a Sag Harborite with strong family connections in Bridgehampton, as the school’s athletic director, replacing Mary Anne Jules, who recently retired following a 32-year career.

  • With three professional riders who might ordinarily be expected to show in Bridgehampton in Normandy this week for the World Show Jumping Championships, “we still have a star-studded lineup,” Marty Bauman, the Hampton Classic’s knowledgeable press officer, said Sunday as more than 600 Long Island riders of all ages vied throughout the 39th Classic’s opening day.

  • The Yellow team, which apparently was the dominant one in roller hockey play this spring at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett, prevailed 6-4 over Tyler Jarvis’s White team in a hotly contested playoff final on Aug. 19.

    Because he was ill that night, Jarvis’s teammates would not have been surprised had he sat the game out, but he arrived just before the puck was dropped.

  • Asked the reason why he had reworked a Porsche Metzger engine so that it would achieve 1,000 horsepower on pump fuel, the Car Doctor, Ryan Pilla, said the other day, “Doesn’t everyone want more horsepower, Jack?!”

    “It took us two months — it was a fun project,” added Car Doctor World’s “nurse,” Rod Davidson. “We’ve created more horsepower out of pump fuel than anyone else has to date.”

  • After all these years I still don’t know the rules of anything really, and was somewhat tongue in cheek taken to task by a doubles opponent this past week for having served out of turn during a tiebreaker.

  • The Hamptons, as it were, have been described as a mighty unfriendly “city” in a recent Condé Nast poll, though I’d beg to differ. On the contrary, rather than brutish, I find people here, if not beatific, quite giving.

    So much so that I think every now and then — when I’m not in traffic — that we’re an island of sanity in an insane world.

  • Not since the Armory Show has anything been quite so shocking as the Artists’ 15-8 (some said 14-8) win over the Writers in Saturday’s 66th Artists and Writers Softball Game.

    “O wonder! / How many goodly extra-base hits were there! / How beauteous the Artists’ lineup was! / O, brave new world. . . .”

  • There were two sporting events of note on Sunday — the Red Devil long-distance bay swims in Amagansett that benefited East Hampton’s Ocean Rescue Squad, and Ellen’s (5K) Run in Southampton, a benefit for the Ellen P. Hermanson breast cancer foundation.

    The run and walk drew a field of around 800. Fifty-one competitors swam in the swims.

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